On April 23rd more than one hundred A. C. Gilbert enthusiasts met at the Reliance Fire Hall in York, Pennsylvania. Many interesting Gilbert items were displayed, but the real treat of the evening was the unexpected exhibition of a painting that once hung over the Fireplace in the office of A. C. Gilbert! This artwork depicts a family gathered around a railroad bridge being constructed from an Erector set. A likeness of this scene was used in 1915 Gilbert Erector advertising, and the painting is mentioned on page 112 in the A. C. Gilbert autobiography, THE MAN WHO LIVES IN PARADISE.
The painting was the work of artist James Hamlin Gardner-Soper who was commissioned by A. C. Gilbert to paint it some time prior to 1913.
While currently owned by a Gilbert collector in Delaware, the painting will be going on tour later this year, but I do not have any information as to exactly where and when it is to appear. Should I get further information, I will post it here. You can view many other photos taken at the meeting in the photo Albums section of this website.